This Fight Lacks The Bite: Quick Thoughts On The 2014 FIFA Ballon D’Or Nominees.

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It looks like the invitations for the Englishmen got lost in the post yet again. What’s new, pussycat?

However, what really gets my goat is the absence, or should I say obvious exclusion of Luis Suarez from the list. Yes, he did channel his inner Hannibal Lecter yet again during the 2014 World Cup, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was far and away the standout player in the English Premier League for the 2013-2014 season. A moment of madness really should not invalidate his footballing merits. Whatever happened to the concept of fair play? Or is FIFA scared he might actually win the award if he was included in the nominees?

Another notable absentee from the list is Godin. An integral player in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga winning-campaign last season and the scorer of the goal that almost won them the Champions League is not deemed worthy enough of a nomination? Rubbish.

Apart from that World Cup-winning goal, I have to say that Mario Goetze has had an unremarkable season as a whole. But fine, I will throw the kid a bone as he is unlikely to win the award, anyway.

Speaking of unremarkable seasons, while there is no denying the genius of Andres Iniesta, his nomination puzzled me a bit, as by his standards, he has had quite an awful season. And the same could be said with regards the whole La Roja squad, as only Sergio Ramos and Diego Costa joins Iniesta in the list. What a fall from the ex-World Champions.

Yaya Toure’s nomination has made a lot of people go “WTF?”, and I have to admit that it confused me too—that is, until I saw the stat that he has actually completed the most number of passes in the course of the 2013-2014 season. The runner-up? Midfield Monster Toni Kroos. Props to him, then.

You know which player really should be winning these types of awards? Philipp Lahm. An unbelievable talent and such a competent leader, and yet his stealth is what prevents him from being recognized as a mainstream great. I shall consider it a major miracle if he ends up in the Top 3, let alone wins it.

It’s not at all surprising that 6 Germans have made it to the list. After all, Die Mannschaft have dethroned the Spanish NT as the Darlings of the Football World with the efficiency only the Germans can boast of. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos all deserved their nominations, and it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if one of them manages to sneak into the Top 3. However, the one German that is the sentimental favourite of hardcore football fans to win it all is none other than…

Manuel Neuer. Yes, the German goalkeeper. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year or so, he is now widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in the world. Iker Casillas who? The hashtag #NeuerForBallonDOr trended for hours on Twitter after the Nominations List has been released. If only this was open for public vote, Neuer would have already won it by a landslide.

Not to take anything away from Cristiano and Messi, but what would giving them another Ballon D’Or really prove, anyway? The whole world already knows that they can score loads of goals and shatter records, so isn’t it about time that another footballer gets recognized for his merits?

Prediction: Cristiano, Messi and Manuel Neuer will be the Top 3. As for the winner, I reckon it will be a toss-up between Cristiano and Neuer. My head says Cristiano will take it based on his sheer popularity but my heart says Neuer deserves it more. Way more.

Come on players and journalists, open up your eyes and see beyond the goals and the flash. Vote for Neuer and Save the award’s credibility. You know it makes sense.

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Thoughts On Michael Owen: My Story.

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In case you haven’t noticed (or you’re new to this blog), I am and forever will be a Michael Owen fan. Let’s just get that out of the way already.

Despite having read his autobiography Off The Record, I’m still very much interested in anything Owen-related, so of course it was a much pleasant surprise when I found out that LFC TV has produced an interview/documentary entitled Michael Owen: My Story. It’s about time!

It was not easy for me as an overseas fan with no access to LFC TV content to see it, but I finally got hold of it from a fellow LFC fan who kindly uploaded it for me (you know who you are and you’re awesome!).

So where do I even begin?

What stands out about Michael Owen was just how confident he was (and still is, I suppose) about his talents and abilities not just as a football player but as a person. Money, image, fame and the like never factored into his journey—for him it was all about playing football and scoring goals. That clinical, almost single-minded approach earned him equal parts admiration and critique. But really, that’s just the way he was as a player, and I’m glad that up to now he stays true to himself and makes no apologies for it.

The first half discussed his humble beginnings, his meteoric rise to the Liverpool and England Senior Squad, as well as that extraordinary 2001 Treble Year that he was part of. It was amusing how even winning the European Football Player of the Year 2001 wasn’t that much of a big deal to him (at that time), and the gravity of it only sank into him a few years later. Seeing snippets of his goals as a Liverpool player made me feel as if I’m a teenager again, and that nothing mattered but the beautiful game that is Football.

To be honest, most of it was perfectly straightforward, nothing that a longtime Liverpool or Owen fan doesn’t already know, and although ex-teammates were mentioned in passing, only Carra’s name cropped up a lot. I know Michael and Jamie are still good mates until this very day, but what I really wanted the interviewer to touch on is how Michael and Steven Gerrard’s relationship are these days. I know Stevie wasn’t particularly happy when Michael signed for rivals Manchester United, and although they have crossed paths a number of times in Anfield, I have not heard of them interacting together like the old friends they once were. Am I being paranoid or are my suspicions valid? Anyway, the Owen-Gerrard rift (or lack thereof) shall have to remain a mystery for now.

And then things got really interesting.

“…Liverpool is in my heart…”

So that move to Real Madrid was finally brought up: Ten years may have passed (dear me, has it really been that long?!) but I still feel a knot in my stomach every time he talks about it.

And boy, did he talk about it. For the first time in years, the usually calm Owen surprisingly displayed a bevy of emotions as he discussed leaving Liverpool for Real Madrid, being denied a return by Newcastle and then making the decision to play for blood rivals Manchester United.

He still looks visibly hurt when he talked about being twice denied the opportunity to return to Liverpool, which he fondly called “his first love”, as well as being booed on his Anfield return and the strain in his relationship with some LFC fans. I just wanted to reach out and hug the screen because he sure looked like he needed a big one. (cue Take That’s “Back For Good”)

Saint Michael, The Wonderboy: He is human, after all. You never really forget or get over your first love.

The atmosphere was mostly relaxed, there was never a hint of sensationalism nor forced controversy. Overall, it was candid, earnest, at times heartbreaking and bittersweet.

Haters: All your arguments have been proven invalid.

Although some questions have been answered, I still have a hundred more unanswered ones. I’m still hoping that at some point in time, Michael will update his autobiography one more time to expound on his adventures. I feel like he has so much more to say. Forty-six minutes just weren’t enough—I want more of that emotionally-charged last 10 (or so) minutes!

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Haven’t seen it yet? Click HERE to view the complete interview online.

101 Random And (May Not Be) Obscure Football Trivia, Part 2.

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I never expected the first part of this to be one of the most popular and most-viewed articles on my blog, and so without further ado, I shall give the public what they want–More football trivia to get your geek on:

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Show-Offs and Bragging Right-Holders.

In Premier League history, the only player to have scored 3 perfect hat-tricks (1 header, 1 from right foot, 1 from left) is Robbie Fowler.

Players with the most number of hattricks in the Premier League: Alan Shearer (11); Robbie Fowler (9); Thierry Henry (8); Michael Owen (8); Wayne Rooney (6).

Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel holds the Premier League record of scoring the fastest brace by a defender (9 minutes and 28 seconds).

Dani Alves is currently the La Liga player with the most wins over Real Madrid: 13 (8 with Barcelona and 5 with Sevilla).

The partnership of Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley during the 1993-1994 season for Newcastle has produced the most number of goals at 55, followed by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard for Chelsea (51 during 2009-2010) and Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn (49 during 1994-1995).

Four players who’ve all played in the Liverpool and Manchester Derbies, as well as Spain’s El Clasico: Nicolas Anelka, Mark Hughes, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen.

Both Nicolas Anelka and Michael Owen have scored goals in all of them too.

5 Goalkeepers who have scored a goal (or more) in the Premier League: Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic.

Ryan Giggs has won more trophies (34) since 1991 than the whole of Manchester City FC (14) since 1889.

Luis Suarez now holds the record for scoring the most goals in a Premier League season (excluding penalties).

Jari Litmanen was voted Finnish Footballer of the Year for seven consecutive years (1992-1998).

David Beckham has scored the most direct free kicks in the history of the English Premier League (15).

Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet can speak 4 languages (English, French, German and Dutch) and has a degree in Political Science.

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys… 

Joey Barton was made to serve 200 hours of community service in 2009 as punishment for beating up his teammate Ousmane Dabo during training.

Robin van Persie was accused of rape in 2005 and was held in jail for 14 days. These allegations have never been proven true and were dismissed.

On January 1991, then-Sheffield United player Vinnie Jones was booked within 5 seconds of play vs Manchester City. He beat his own record a year later, when as a Chelsea player, he was booked after 3 seconds, while the ball was still in the center circle.

Eric Cantona was banned from the French National Team in 1988 after he described his manager Henri Michel “a sack of shit”.

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The Strange, the Curious and the WTF-worthy.

Michael Owen has taken 21 penalties in the Premier league, but has only converted 14 of them. So far, Wayne Rooney has the same record.

Technically, Juan Pablo Angel has the worst penalty conversion rate in the Premier League, having only scored 50% of the penalties he has taken.

Which team has been awarded the most number of penalties in Premier League history? Liverpool FC with 119 (as of January 2014).

Robert Lewandowski was supposed to fly to England for a £3 million move to Blackburn in 2008, but a volcanic ash cloud prevented him from completing the move in time.

Cristiano Ronaldo was once told by his school teacher to forget about football as there’s “no money to be made there”.

Famous chef Gordon Ramsay’s hopes of becoming a professional footballer was ended by a knee injury.

Spanish TV presenter Sara Carbonero, the girlfriend of Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas (as well as the baby momma of his son Martin), is an Atletico Madrid supporter.

Fernando Torres has his name tattooed in Tengwar, the script from Lord of the Rings.

India withdrew from the 1950 World Cup in protest at the rule that requires players to wear boots.

The 1981 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs ended in a 1-1 draw, with Man City’s Tom Hutchinson scoring both goals.

An England centre-forward during the 1890s called G.O. Smith had an unusual quirk for his position: he refused to head the ball. He believed that the ball should stay on the ground and that the forwards who needed to use their head were not playing the game correctly.

In the run-up to the 15th World Cup, held in USA in 1994, Macau played 6 games in the Asian group, lost all 6, scored zero goals and conceded 46.

Jose Mourinho is the first manager to lose in 4 UEFA Champions League Semifinals. He’s lost 6 in total.

Since the Premiership replaced the old First Division in 1992-1993, no English manager has succeeded in winning it.

Cesc Fabregas is afraid of mushrooms.

Kaka was a virgin when he got married.

David Batty was once sidelined for 3 weeks after his child ran over his ankle with a tricycle.

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Quote Them On That

Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy once told Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain that “Goals are like ketchup, you keep hitting the bottle and eventually plenty comes out”!

Andrei Arshavin once said, “I started off playing checkers. When I realized that I won’t be able to become an International Grand Master, I had to leave it for football.”

“The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.” –Nick Hornby

“All I know for certain about the morality and the obligations of men is that I owe it to football.” –Albert Camus

“Ryan Giggs is one of those rare players who could play football in a phone box and find the door no matter how many players were in there with him.” –Carlos Queiroz

“I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right.” –Lee Hendrie

“My wife often complains about my tactics. She tells me to stick with the players who won the last match.” –Pep Guardiola

“He’s a specialist in failure. I am not.” Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger.

“They taught us at school that family is the most important thing for a human. Roma is my family. Have you ever heard of someone who left his poor parents to live with rich strangers?” –Francesco Totti when asked why he refused to join Real Madrid back in 2006.

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Milestones and History Lessons

The 700th goal scored in the Premier League was by Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal vs Sunderland (February 2014).

Lionel Messi became the youngest player ever to play 400 matches for FC Barcelona at 26 years and 7 months, beating his teammate Andres Iniesta’s record (he was 27 years and 11 months old at the time).

Statistically speaking, Arsene Wenger is more successful during his first 1000 matches with Arsenal compared to how Sir Alex Ferguson did during his first 1000 matches with Manchester United.

Fabrice (at 16 years and 98 days old) is currently the youngest player to score in La Liga history.

Ryan Giggs (at 40 years and 110 days old) currently holds the record for the oldest outfield player to play in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

The goal scored by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) after just 44 seconds is the fastest goal scored by an away team at Old Trafford in Premier League history.

Fernando Torres became the youngest captain of Atletico Madrid at 19 years old.

Bryan Robson’s netted strike vs then-Yugoslavia (December 13, 1989) after 38 seconds was the fastest goal scored in Wembley.

The Hall of Fame was created at the National Football Museum in Preston in 2002, and 29 people who were deemed to have made an ‘outstanding and lasting contribution to English Football’ were inducted into the roll of honour.

The governing body of Football, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA to you and me), was founded at the rear of the HQ of the Union Francaise de Sports Athletiques in Paris on May 21, 1904. The English Football Association—the oldest in the world—refused to join until April 1905.

Football was introduced into Moscow by an English mill owner, Clem Charnock, who showed the game to his Russian workers in 1887.

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The First, The Last, The Everything…

Fernando Llorente is the first player from Athletic Bilbao to represent Spain when he was called up in 2002. He also plays the clarinet.

Sergio Ramos is the first defender to score 2 goals in a UEFA Champions League semifinal.

Karim Benzema is not only the first Frenchman to score a brace vs FC Barcelona since Thierry Henry, he’s also the first to score a brace against them at the Bernabeu since Raul.

Scott Parker is the first player to be signed for 5 London clubs (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham, and Fulham) in his Premier League career.

Borussia Dortmund were the first-ever German side to win a European trophy in 1966, beating Liverpool 2-1 after extra time in the final of the Cup Winners Cup.

Only 15 teams took part in the first-ever FA Cup, and 13 of them were from London. The other 2 were Donington School from Lincolnshire and Queen’s Park from Scotland.

Ian Rush is the last Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a season, setting that record in 1986-1987.

Kevin Phillips is the last Englishman to win the Premier League Golden Boot back in the 1999-2000 season.

Everton FC were the first football club to play in Anfield.

On April 23, 1927 (also known as St. George’s Day), the first radio commentary of a football match was broadcast in the United Kingdom. The commentator on the Arsenal-Cardiff City match was George Allinson, and his assistant was Derek McCulloch.

Blackpool first wore their distinctive tangerine strip in the 1923-24 season. The colour was suggested by a club director named Albert Hargreaves, who was inspired by the Dutch national team and thought that orange would help Blackpool stand out among fellow English clubs.

The first indoor arena used in a World Cup was the Pontiac Silverdrome in the United States city of Detroit, which was one of the venues for the 1994 World Cup.

The first recipient of the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Award was Stanley Matthews of Blackpool in 1948.

In 1888, while still having the name Small Heath Alliance, Birmingham City was the first club to adopt limited liability. The share capital of the club was £650.

The first team to win the FA Cup three times in a row were the Wanderers. They won 3 finals from 1876-1878 beating Old Etonians, Oxford University and Royal Engineers.

The first player to be capped by England while playing for a foreign team was Gerry Hitchens. The former Aston Villa player played for Inter Milan and a number of Italian clubs between 1961-1970.

The first major football tournament won on penalties was the 1976 European Championship. Czechoslovakia beat West Germany.

The Mitropa Cup was the first major international cup for club teams. The name Mitropa is an abbreviation of Mitteleuropa which means Middle or Central Europe. The competition began in 1927 originally with 2 teams each from Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

Arthur Wharton was the first black professional footballer in Britain. Born in Ghana in 1865, he played in goal for a number of clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield United.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to break the 15 goals-in-a-season tally in the UEFA Champions League during the 2013-2014 season.

Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid is the first Uruguayan to score in an UEFA Champions League Final (2014 vs Real Madrid).

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I Didn’t Know That

4x Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s favourite team is Eintracht Frankfurt.

Football commentator Martin Tyler reportedly lives in a house called Squirrels Leap.

Jamie Carragher started his career with England as a striker.

Fernando Torres started playing football as a goalkeeper.

Gerard Pique’s girlfriend, famous popstar Shakira, is a MENSA member.

Aaron Ramsey was actually approached to play rugby when he was younger but was already signed to Cardiff City’s youth team.

John Terry started out as a Manchester United supporter.

Sergio “Kun” Aguero is Diego Maradonna’s son-in-law.

As a youngster, Michael Schumacher’s hero was Toni Schumacher (no relation), Cologne and West Germany’s goalkeeper.

The goal net was patented by J.A. Brodie of Liverpool in 1890.

Two-handed throw-ins were made mandatory in 1882.

What is The Acme Thunderer? It is a brand of whistle invented by Birmingham toolmaker Joseph Hudson in 1884, and is still used to this day in football.

It was only in 1891 that penalties were introduced.

A match that is brought to a halt before the end of the full 90 minutes is classified as “abandoned”.

The Italian system of play called catenaccio literally means “door bolt” and describes the defensive wall approach used in Italy. The system involves 4 markers at the back with a player (a sweeper) behind them—a door bolt.

Peter Corr, an ex-Ireland and Everton player, is the paternal uncle of the Irish siblings/musicians The Corrs.

There has never been a knockout tie in the UEFA Champions League that has ended on 0-0 aggregate.

The Mexico vs Bulgaria match during the 1994 World Cup was held up for 15 minutes due to one of the goals collapsing.

The full and formal name of FC Barcelona’s home stadium is El Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona.

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What’s In A Name?

Manchester United’s original name was Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Newton Heath. It was then shortened to Newton Heath before becoming Manchester United FC in 1902.

There are 20 top-flight British clubs that have the word ‘United’ in their name: Sheffield United, Newcastle United, Scunthorpe United, West Ham United, Manchester United, Carlisle United, Southend United, Hartlepool United, Ayr United, Leeds United, Dundee United, Torquay United, Hereford United, Rotheram United, Boston United, Peterborough United, Colchester United, Cambridge United, Oxford United, Airdrie United.

Founded in 1891, the Uruguayan club of Peñarol was then known as The Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club.

The Czech club Sparta Prague was originally called King’s Vineyard when it was founded in 1893.

Manchester City’s first name was West Gordon St. Marks when they were founded in 1880. It changed to Ardwick FC in 1887 before becoming Manchester City in 1894.

81 The Finnish team FC Jazz was founded in 1934 under the name Porin Pallo-Toveritand. Their current name comes from the fact that they are based in Pori, the home to an annual jazz festival.

The Mexican club Atlante once called themselves U-53 in honour of a German U-boat.

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Until the next installment! Stay bouncebackable!

 

Football Rap-Off: Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola.

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Another Clasico has come and gone, and the controversy and animosity between Spain’s biggest clubs remains on a high. Apparently, even the managers got in on some off-pitch action and had a rap-off to the tune of Kelis’ Milkshake:

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Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid started off the throw down:
Mi equipo brings all the girls to the yard
And they’re like, ‘We’re hotter than yours!’
Damn right, I’m their entrenador!
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

Mi equipo brings all the fans to the yard
And they’re like, ‘Vamos, Galacticos!’
Damn right, I’m their entrenador!
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

I know you want it,
The thing that makes me
What the world goes crazy for
They lose their minds
I’m the Special kind
I think it’s time
La la la la la
Turn it up
La la la la la
The world is watching
La la la la la
Turn it up
La la la la la
Special One is rapping

Mi equipo brings all the girls to the yard
And they’re like, ‘We’re hotter than yours!’
Damn right, I’m their entrenador!
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

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Pep Guardiola of FC Barcelona shot back:
Mi equipo brings all the cups to the yard
And they’re like, ‘Y’all suck at Clasicos!’
Damn right, we’re The Fantasticos
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

Mi equipo brings all the cups to the yard
And they’re like, ‘We play better than yours!’
Damn right, we’re equipo mejor!
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

I have to see you on it,
You want me to teach the…techniques that win us points
It can’t be bought, we dive, don’t get caught
Watch if you’re smart
La la la la la
Ham it up
La la la la la
The refs are watching
La la la la la
Act it up
La la la la la
The refs are watching…

Mi equipo brings all the cups to the yard
And they’re like, ‘Y’all suck at Clasicos!’
Damn right, we’re The Fantasticos
I could teach you, but I have to charge…

(And we all know who “won” for this round.)

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Daamn. Who says these two aren’t hollaback boys?! Way to keep it OG, hombres.

Video of the Day: The Special One Gets Catty (And Pokey).

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Post-Supercopa loss to Barcelona with a 5-4 aggregate tally, Mourinho of Real Madrid walks over to Barca’s Assistant Coach Villanova and gives him a poke in the ear/neck.

Was The Special One being a sore loser, or was he just being cheeky (given that he has prior connections with Barca as a staff member)? You decide.

All I can say is that his Evil Genius has somehow found a way to take a piece of the limelight off Barca’s victory. Well played, Sir. Well played.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Tweet Them: Footballers on Twitter.

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From the famous to the infamous to the downright inconspicuous (on and off the pitch), the Twitterverse has now been invaded by football players of all colors, shapes and sizes. They are here to stay, so go on, and don’t fight the urge to send them your best bit of banter/adulation in the space of 140 characters.

Why did I compile their accounts? So you didn’t have to.

Active Players:

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Mehdi Abeid- http://twitter.com/reelM_abeid

Charlie Adam- http://twitter.com/Charlie26Adam

Freddy Adu- http://twitter.com/FreddyAdu11

Sergio Aguero- http://twitter.com/aguerosergiokun

Marc Albrighton- http://twitter.com/12Albrighton

Paco Alcacer- http://twitter.com/paco_alcacer

Thiago Alcantara- http://twitter.com/Thi_Alcantara91

Diego Alonso- http://twitter.com/TornadoOfficial

Marcus Alonso- http://twitter.com/marcosalonso28

Mikel Alonso- http://twitter.com/alonsomik

Xabi Alonso- http://twitter.com/XabiAlonso

Dani Alves- http://twitter.com/daniAlvesd2

Fernando Amorebieta- http://twitter.com/la_grulla5

Bruno Andrade- http://twitter.com/Brunsky36

Nicolas Anelka- http://twitter.com/anelkaofficiel

Juan Pablo Angel- http://twitter.com/JUANPABLOANGEL

Nadine Angerer- http://twitter.com/NAngerer

Cesar Arzo- https://twitter.com/carzo4

Alvaro Arbeloa- http://twitter.com/aarbeloa17

Gai Asulin- http://twitter.com/GaiAsulin

Peter Aylmer- http://twitter.com/Peter_Aylmer94

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Ryan Babel- http://twitter.com/RyanBabel

Edgar Badia- http://twitter.com/edgarbadia

Javier Balboa- http://twitter.com/javibalboa85

Ever Banega- http://twitter.com/Ever21Banega

Elyaniv Barda- https://twitter.com/ElyanivBarda

Karen Bardsley- http://twitter.com/klbardsley

Joey Barton- http://twitter.com/Joey7Barton

Sebastien Bassong- http://twitter.com/BassongOfficiel

James Beattie- http://twitter.com/JSBeattie

Alejandro Bedoya- http://twitter.com/AleBedoya17

Yossi Benyaoun- https://twitter.com/YossiBenayoun15

Darren Bent- http://twitter.com/DBTT39

Ryan Bertrand- http://twitter.com/RyanBertrand3

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov- http://twitter.com/Bilyaletdinov_7

Dexter Blackstock- http://twitter.com/dexblackstock23

Carlos Bocanegra- http://twitter.com/BocaBoca3

Veronica Boquete- http://twitter.com/VeroBoquete

Aly Borromeo- http://twitter.com/alybor11

John Bostock- http://twitter.com/johnbostock1

Bobby Boswell- http://twitter.com/bobbyboswell

Reece Brown- http://twitter.com/ReeceBrown1991

Titus Bramble- http://twitter.com/19tmb

Alex Bruno- http://twitter.com/alexbruno34

Edson Buddle- http://twitter.com/EdsonBuddle

Nacho Buenache- http://twitter.com/NachitoBF

Diego Buonanotte- http://twitter.com/Diego_Buona

Maor Buzaglo- https://twitter.com/maorbuzaglo

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Yohan Cabaye- http://twitter.com/ycabayeofficiel

Tim Cahill- http://twitter.com/Tim_Cahill

Sergio Canales- http://twitter.com/_SergioCanales

Fabio Cannavaro- http://twitter.com/FabioCanna17

Joaquin Cañas- http://twitter.com/joaquincg3

Nacho Cases- http://twitter.com/NachoCases

Joan Capdevilla-  http://twitter.com/capde11

Juan Carlos- http://twitter.com/1uancarlos

Roberto Carlos- http://twitter.com/Oficial_RC3

Jose Maria Cases- http://twitter.com/jmcases

Andre Castro- http://twitter.com/AndreCastro16

Julio Cesar- http://twitter.com/JulioCesarGol

Giorgio Chiellini- http://twitter.com/chiellini

Simon Church- http://twitter.com/churchy18

Tom Cleverley- http://twitter.com/tomclevz23

Billy Clifford- http://twitter.com/Bclifford47

Jordi Codina-http://twitter.com/codina13

Carlton Cole- http://twitter.com/Carlton9Cole

Tino Costa- http://twitter.com/tinocostalf

Lee Croft- http://twitter.com/croft7

Carlos Cuellar- http://twitter.com/Cuellar24

Ivan Cuellar- http://twitter.com/PichuCuellar13

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Stephen Darby- http://twitter.com/Stephen_Darby_

Jesse Darko- http://twitter.com/Jesse_Darko

Charlie Davies- http://twitter.com/CharlieDavies9

Curtis Davies- http://twitter.com/thecurtisdavies

Kevin Davies- http://twitter.com/kevindaviesbwfc

Scott Davies- http://twitter.com/scottd888

David Davis- http://twitter.com/Ddavis0121

Jermaine Defoe- http://twitter.com/IAmJermainDefoe

David De Gea-  http://twitter.com/D_DeGea

Alessandro Del Piero- http://twitter.com/delpieroale

Denilson- http://twitter.com/_denilson15

Lisa Devanna- http://twitter.com/L_Devanna11

Sylvain Distin- http://twitter.com/sylvaind15tin

Dwayne De Rosario- http://twitter.com/dwaynederosario

Alejandro Dominguez- http://twitter.com/Chori1708

Alvaro Dominguez- http://twitter.com/adominguez18

Maribel Dominguez- http://twitter.com/MaribelD9

Ryan Donk- http://twitter.com/Ryan_Donk18

Landon Donovan- http://twitter.com/landondonovan

Michael Doughty- http://twitter.com/mdoughty92

Shane Duffy- http://twitter.com/ShaneDuffy34

Ed Dzeko- http://twitter.com/EdDzeko

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E

Robert Earnshaw- http://twitter.com/RobertEarnshaw

Emmanuel Eboue- http://twitter.com/Official_Eboue

Nathan Eccleston- http://twitter.com/NathanEccleston

Maurice Edu- http://twitter.com/MauriceEdu

Neil Etheridge- http://twitter.com/Neil38Etheridge

Jose Enrique- http://twitter.com/J_Enrique3

Jonny Evans- http://twitter.com/j23evans

Patrice Evra- http://twitter.com/patriceevra6

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F

Luis Fabiano- http://twitter.com/luis_fabuloso

Cesc Fabregas-  http://twitter.com/cesc4official

Ibrahim Farah- https://twitter.com/Ibby_Farah

Anton Ferdinand- http://twitter.com/anton_ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand-  http://twitter.com/rioferdy5

Suso Fernandez- http://twitter.com/suso30fernandez

Jon Flanagan- http://twitter.com/jon_flan93

Steven Fletcher- http://twitter.com/stevenfletch10

Andreu Fontas- http://twitter.com/afontas26

Diego Forlan- http://twitter.com/DiegoForlan7

Jake Forster-Caskey- http://twitter.com/JakeCaskey28

Robbie Fowler- http://twitter.com/robbie9fowler

Ryan Fredericks- http://twitter.com/RyanFredericks_

Emmanuel Frimpong- http://twitter.com/Frimpong26AFC

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G

Daniel Leon Gabbidon- http://twitter.com/DGabsey

Sam Gainford- http://twitter.com/samgainford

Jorge Garcia Torre- http://twitter.com/jgtorre

Gary Gardner- http://twitter.com/Gards38

Shay Given- http://twitter.com/no1shaygiven

Diego Godin- http://twitter.com/DGodinOfficial

Henok Goitom- http://twitter.com/Henok_Goitom

Daniel Gomez- http://twitter.com/danidanigomez

Hercules Gomez- http://twitter.com/herculezg

Jonas Gonçalves- http://twitter.com/oficialJonas07

Grafite- http://twitter.com/graffa23

Esteban Granero-  http://twitter.com/eGranero11

John Guidetti- http://twitter.com/superguidetti

Chris Gunter- http://twitter.com/Chrisgunter16

Guti-  http://twitter.com/Guti_SER

Brad Guzan- http://twitter.com/bguzan

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H

John Heitinga- http://twitter.com/Johnheitinga

Marcel Henry-Francis- http://twitter.com/_MHenryFrancis

Pablo Hernandez- http://twitter.com/phernandez19

Ander Herrera- http://twitter.com/anderherrera8

Gonzalo Higuain- http://twitter.com/G_Higuain

Scott Hircombe- http://twitter.com/ScottHircombe

Stuart Holden- http://twitter.com/stuholden

Matt Holland- http://twitter.com/mattholland8

Aaron Holloway- http://twitter.com/AaronHollz

Tom Huddlestone- http://twitter.com/TomHuddlestone6

Nacho Huertas- http://twitter.com/NachoHuertas10

David Hunt- http://twitter.com/DavidJHunt

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I

Andres Iniesta-  http://twitter.com/andresiniesta8

Emiliano Insua- http://twitter.com/EmilianoInsua

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J

Jordan Jackson- http://twitter.com/JordzOfficial

Nathaniel Jarvis- http://twitter.com/N_Jarvis

Frankie Jay- http://twitter.com/FrankieJay_

Jermaine Jenas- http://twitter.com/jjenas8

Raul Jimenez- http://twitter.com/Raul_Jimenez47

Miles John- http://twitter.com/Milesjohn95

Adam Johnson- http://twitter.com/AJohno_11

Gethin Jones- http://twitter.com/GethinJones8

Glen Johnson- http://twitter.com/glen_johnson

Brad Jones- http://twitter.com/Brad_Jones1

Jake Jones- http://twitter.com/jakejonesofcl

Rafa Jorda- http://twitter.com/RafaJorda

Bojan Jorgacevic- http://twitter.com/BojanJorgacevic

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K

Tasha Kai- http://twitter.com/tasha_kai00

Kaka- http://twitter.com/KAKA

Kei Kamara- http://twitter.com/keikamara

Dekel Keinan- https://twitter.com/DekelKeinan

Martin Kelly- http://twitter.com/MartinKelly1990

Harry Kewell- http://twitter.com/Hkewell10

Joshua King- http://twitter.com/joshuaking92

Sacha Kljestan- http://twitter.com/SachaKljestan

Vincent Kompany- http://twitter.com/VincentKompany

Leon Knight- http://twitter.com/leonknight82

Bojan Krkic-http://twitter.com/BoKrkic

Dirk Kuyt- http://twitter.com/Dirk_18_Kuyt

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L

Eric Lamela- http://twitter.com/Coco_Lamela

Lucas Leiva- http://twitter.com/LucasLeiva87

Aaron Lennon- http://twitter.com/AaronLennonpsl

Aaron Lescott- http://twitter.com/aaronlescott

Fernando Llorente-  http://twitter.com/llorentefer19

Angel Lopez- http://twitter.com/AngelLopez6

David Lopez- http://twitter.com/David_Lopez_7

Alberto Lora- http://twitter.com/AlbertoLora11

Lee Lucas- http://twitter.com/leelucas31

David Luiz- http://twitter.com/DavidLuiz_4

Jordan Lussey- http://twitter.com/jordanlussey

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M

Shaun MacDonald- http://twitter.com/ShaunMac20

Michel Macedo- http://twitter.com/Michelmacedo16

Florent Malouda- http://twitter.com/realflorentm

Ivan Marcano- http://twitter.com/Marcano_23

Eric Martin- http://twitter.com/Eric18Martin

Javier Martinez- http://twitter.com/Javi24kikiteam

Sergio Martinez- http://twitter.com/MantecaOfficial

Juan Mata- http://twitter.com/juanmata10

Chris Mavinga- http://twitter.com/Chris_Mavinga

Jay McEveley- http://twitter.com/jaymcev03

Steven McGarry- http://twitter.com/stevenmcgarry

John Meades- https://twitter.com/JMeadesy

Neil Mellor- http://twitter.com/NeilMellor33

Felipe Melo- http://twitter.com/_FelipeMelo_

Alvaro Morata- http://twitter.com/AlvaroMorata

Adam Morgan- https//twitter.com/AMorgan94

Bryn Morris- http://twitter.com/BrynMorris1

Fabrice Muamba- http://twitter.com/fmuamba

Iker Muniain- http://twitter.com/IkerMuniain27

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N

Nani- http://twitter.com/luisnani

Samir Nasri- http://twitter.com/nanas08

Louisa Necib- http://twitter.com/LNecib10

Gary Neville- http://twitter.com/GNev2

Phil Neville- http://twitter.com/fizzer18

Lee Nguyen- http://twitter.com/LeeNguyen24

Nacho Novo- http://twitter.com/nnovo1010

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O

Marvin Ogunjimi- https://twitter.com/Marvinogunjimi

Jamie O’Hara- http://twitter.com/mrjamieohara

Alberto Olmedo- http://twitter.com/alberolmedo1

Oguchi Onyewu- http://twitter.com/OguchiOnyewu5

Tommy O’Sullivan- http://twitter.com/tomosullivan10

Michael Owen-  http://twitter.com/themichaelowen

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P

Dani Pacheco- http://twitter.com/dani37pacheco

Fernando Pacheco- http://twitter.com/92pacheco

Dani Parejo- http://twitter.com/DaniParejo

Jamie Paterson- http://twitter.com/jamiepaterson12

Marc Pelosi- http://twitter.com/marcPelosi

Kris Penny- http://twitter.com/krispence95

Kristoffer Peterson- http://twitter.com/KrisPeterson7

Steven Pienaar- http://twitter.com/therealstevenpi

Kevin Pietersen- http://twitter.com/kevinpp24

Gerard Pique-  http://twitter.com/3gerardpique

Robert Pires- http://twitter.com/piresrobert7

Lukas Podolski- http://twitter.com/Podolski10

Chris Pontius- http://twitter.com/ChrisPontius13

James Poole- http://twitter.com/jpoole1990

Darren Purse- http://twitter.com/darrenpurse4

Carles Puyol-  http://twitter.com/Carles5puyol

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R

Sergio Ramos- http://twitter.com/SergioRamos

Aaron Ramsey-  http://twitter.com/aaronjramsey

Pepe Reina- http://twitter.com/reina_official

Koke Resurreccion- http://twitter.com/KOKE_32

Jose Antonio Reyes- http://twitter.com/JoseReyes_19

Micah Richards- http://twitter.com/OfficialMR2

Rohan Ricketts- http://twitter.com/RohanRicketts

Ali Riley- http://twitter.com/RileyThree

John Arne Riise- http://twitter.com/RealJohnARiise3

Hector Rodas- http://twitter.com/hectorrodas4

Jadson Rodrigues- http://twitter.com/jadson_8

Alejandro Rodriguez- http://twitter.com/AlejandroRod10

Pedro Rodriguez- http://twitter.com/_Pedro17_

Toni Rodriguez- http://twitter.com/toni_rodrguez

Jack Rodwell- http://twitter.com/JackRodwell26

Ronaldinho- http://twitter.com/10Ronaldinho

Cristiano Ronaldo- http://twitter.com/Cristiano

Wayne Rooney- http://twitter.com/WayneRooney

Manuel Rosales- http://twitter.com/mrosales21

Danny Rose- http://twitter.com/Danny_Rose25

Tomas Rosicky- http://twitter.com/rosicky_tomas7

Giuseppe Rossi- http://twitter.com/GiusepeRossi22

Rufo- http://twitter.com/rufinho9

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S

Louis Saha- http://twitter.com/louissaha08

Bruno Saltor- http://twitter.com/brunosaltor2

Toto Salvio- http://twitter.com/totosalvio14

Jordan Santiago- http://twitter.com/jordansantiag0

CJ Sapong- http://twitter.com/BigAfrika88

Jonathan dos Santos- http://twitter.com/jona2santos

Robbie Savage- http://twitter.com/RobbieSavage8

Lotta Schelin- http://twitter.com/L8schelin

Kasper Schmeichel- http://twitter.com/kpschmeichel1

Alex Scott- http://twitter.com/Alexscott2

Caroline Seger- http://twitter.com/Cseger9

Gilverto Silva- http://twitter.com/GilbertoSilva15

Danny Simpson- http://twitter.com/dannysimpson12

Bradley Simmonds- http://twitter.com/Bradley_Simmo

Christine Sinclair- http://twitter.com/sincy12

Kelly Smith- http://twitter.com/kjs8eng

Wesley Sneijder- http://twitter.com/sneijder101010

Kike Sola- http://twitter.com/kike_sola

Roberto Soldado- http://twitter.com/R9Soldado

Raheem Sterling- http://twitter.com/sterling31

Jordan Stewart- http://twitter.com/jordanstewart3

Wojciech Szczesny- http://twitter.com/53Szczesny53

Luis Suarez- http://twitter.com/luis16suarez

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T

Kevin Thomson- http://twitter.com/k33vvt8

Fernando Torres- http://twitter.com/torres

Miguel Torres- http://twitter.com/MiguelTorres24

Roger Torres- http://twitter.com/Rogertorres_20

Sean Tse- http://twitter.com/skktse

Matt Tubbs- http://twitter.com/MattTubbs

Blair Turgott- http://twitter.com/blairturgott

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U

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V

Victor Valdes- http://twitter.com/1victorvaldes

Antonio Valencia- http://twitter.com/AntoV25

Rafael Van der Vaart- http://twitter.com/rafvdvaart

Gregory Van der Wiel-  http://twitter.com/Gvanderwiel

Ruud Van Nistelroy- http://twitter.com/RvN1776

Robin Van Persie- http://twitter.com/Persie_Official

James Vaughan- http://twitter.com/vaughany08

Alvaro Vazquez- http://twitter.com/AlvaroVazquez8

Frederic Veseli- http://twitter.com/fredericveseli

Thomas Vermaelen- https://twitter.com/T_Vermaelen05

David Villa- http://twitter.com/guaje7villa

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W

Reece Wabara- http://twitter.com/ReeceWabara

Stephen Warnock- http://twitter.com/StephenWarnock3

Vladimir Weiss- http://twitter.com/VladiW7

John Welsh- http://twitter.com/jwelsh08

Theo Wharton- http://twitter.com/theojw1

Ellen White- http://twitter.com/ellsbells89

Faye White- http://twitter.com/faye_white

Alex Whittle- http://twitter.com/AliWhitts

Ashley Williams- http://twitter.com/AshWills84

Jack Wilshere- http://twitter.com/jack_wilshere

Michael Wilson- http://twitter.com/MikeWilson95

Luke Woodland- http://twitter.com/Woodyluke

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X

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Y

Josh Yorwerth- http://twitter.com/JoshYorwerth

James Younghusband- http://twitter.com/JYH53

Phil Younghusband- http://twitter.com/PhilYHusband

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Z

Pablo Zabaleta- http://twitter.com/pablo_zabaleta

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Retired Players:

John Aldridge- http://twitter.com/realjohnaldo

Mark Bosnich- http://twitter.com/TheRealBozza

Mark Bright- http://twitter.com/Mark__Bright

Santiago Cañizares- http://twitter.com/santicanizares

Stan Collymore- http://twitter.com/TSCollymore

Kenny Dalglish- http://twitter.com/kennethdalglish

Paul Dalglish- http://twitter.com/pauldalglish

Lee Dixon- http://twitter.com/LeeDixon2

Iain Dowie- http://twitter.com/MrIainDowie

Jason Euell- http://twitter.com/#!/jasoneuell

John Hartson- http://twitter.com/#!/JohnHartson10

Shaka Hislop- http://twitter.com/ShakaHislop

Chris Kamara- http://twitter.com/chris_kammy

Nigel Martyn- https://twitter.com/nmartyn25

Neil Mellor- http://twitter.com/NeilMellor33

Pedro Nieto- http://twitter.com/Pedronieto23

Richie Partridge- http://twitter.com/rpart1

Pele- http://twitter.com/Pele

Mick Rathbone- http://twitter.com/MickRathbone

Jamie Redknapp- http://twitter.com/JRedknapp_SS

Mark Robinson- http://twitter.com/robboma3

Ronaldo- http://twitter.com/ClaroRonaldo

Peter Schmeichel- http://twitter.com/Pschmeichel1

David Seaman- http://twitter.com/thedavidseaman

Gareth Southgate- http://twitter.com/GarethSouthgate

Ian Taylor- http://twitter.com/IanTaylor7

Phil Thompson- http://twitter.com/Phil_Thompson4

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Did I miss anyone? Leave a comment and I’ll update the list as soon as possible. Thanks!